Fr. Gerald E. Murray: The McCarrick Report: Coming Soon?

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By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, The Catholic Thing, Nov. 26, 2019

The Rev. Gerald E. Murray, J.C.D. is a canon lawyer and the pastor of Holy Family Church in New York City.

Note: Though “soon” seems to have an elastic meaning in the Vatican, it appears that we’re finally going to have something, at least, about the McCarrick scandal. That something, as Fr. Murray makes clear today, is likely to be even more disturbing than what we already know. We’re going to be here not only to cover the release of information but to make sure that the pressure stays on all involved in the abuse cases, whether in Rome or America or anywhere around the world. Painful as it all may be, only the truth – the full truth – now can set the Church on the right course again. We need your help in this pursuit, and in much, much more. Please click the button and contribute to The Catholic Thing– Robert Royal  

Fr. Gerald E. MurrayThe news that the Holy See will publish the results of the internal investigation of files related to former cardinal Theodore McCarrick is welcome indeed. Cardinal Seán O’Malley informed the American bishops at their annual fall meeting that “[t]he intention is to publish the Holy See’s response soon, if not before Christmas, soon in the New Year.”

Recall that in October 2018, the Vatican announced that it would “in due course, make known the conclusions of the matter regarding Archbishop McCarrick. Moreover, with reference to other accusations brought against Archbishop McCarrick, the Holy Father has decided that information gathered during the preliminary investigation be combined with a further thorough study of the entire documentation present in the Archives of the Dicasteries and Offices of the Holy See regarding the former Cardinal McCarrick, in order to ascertain all the relevant facts, to place them in their historical context and to evaluate them objectively.” ….



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